From Elizabeth to the Glorious Revolution


From the reign of Elizabeth I to the Glorious Revolution, the West experienced both relative stability and great turmoil. Tension between religion and politics occasionally waned in some countries, and the idea of the rule of law was strengthened. The repeated failures of governments, particularly in England, gave rise to serious thinking about the nature of politics and the ideas that were influential in the American Founding.


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Paul A. Rahe is the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Professor in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale College. He received a B.A. from Yale University, a B.A. from the University of Oxford, and his Ph.D. from Yale University.